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The Buzz

Upcoming events and information at the Burnaby Neighbourhod House

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We hope you had a great new years! These few weeks leading up to Christmas was a whirlwind - with lots of generosity and support from so many individuals, community groups, and local businesses! 

The Burnaby Christmas Bureau supported 790 families (with 1643 children), 253 seniors, and 600 at-risk individuals. And with the generous contribution from our community, we raised over $21,000 from the Lights On campaign - which will go to our most underfunded programs such as Food Hub, Community Programs, and Welcoming Place. 

Our programs are now back in full swing after the holidays, so let's see what's happening this month!

Community Events & News

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Notice of AGM

Thursday, January 18, 5:30 PM to 8 PM

at South House or via Zoom

If you are a member or volunteer, please consider attending BNH's AGM. By attending, you are doing your part to make sure BNH can continue to function properly.

Supporters and community partners are welcome to join as well! There will be guest speaker from City Council and presentations to follow.

Advanced registration is required. Email [email protected] to register.

Also, check out 2022-23 Annual Report here.

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Coldest Night of the Year 

Saturday, February 24, 2024

The Coldest Night of the Year is a winterrific family-friendly walk on Saturday, Feb 24, 2024 to raise money for Burnaby Community Services and The Society to End Homelessness serving people experiencing hurt,
hunger, and homelessness. Team up, fundraise, walk, and gather for good
because it’s cold out there. Learn more at https://cnoy.org/location/burn..

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BNH Fundraiser Gala

Saturday, March 2, 2024

at Delta Hotels Burnaby


Have you purchased tickets to our upcoming 19th Annual Fundraiser Gala yet?

This year's gala theme, "Country Stars," will be an evening of glitz, glamour, and fundraising. There will be an online silent auction, live auction, and a chance to win a "Diamond Shopping Spree" raffle! We will also be featuring the amazing "Country Queen" impersonator, Bonnie Kilroe!

Funds raised from the evening's events will go towards the many community programs and services we provide to local residents in need. Buy tickets here!

Children & Youth

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BNH Youth Connections Grant Program

apply now!

The BNH Youth Connections Grant program is an upstream, youth-led, community asset building and well-being program designed to engage youth to improve Burnaby neighbourhoods. This program is open to youth of all genders and ethnicities aged 12 to 17 living in Burnaby.

You can apply for a grant up to $500, to share your ideas, gifts and talents with your peers or neighbours, and to help you bring your project idea to life. Once you have applied for a grant and your project has been approved, you do not need to pay the money back.

To apply, please complete the application form and email it to John at [email protected].

See poster for more details.

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Family Place

Various Days at Various BNH locations

We offer a number of Family Drop-in programs throughout the community for parents/caregivers with children 0-5 years. Family drop-ins provide a variety of opportunities for families to socialize, to have a safe and fun place to play and learn and to get parenting information. Feel free to join us at any days and locations outlined above.

Please see poster for more details.

The program is free for members. Find out how to become a member.


BNH South House – #100 – 4460 Beresford St (604-431-0400)

Brentwood – 2055 Rosser Ave (604-299-5778)

Adults (18+)

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Youth Employment Program

Starting January 8th, Fri. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
online via Zoom and in-person at South House

Are you 16-30 looking for a full-time job? We are currently recruiting participants for the next cohort of Burnaby Neighbourhood House.

What is Youth EmploymentProgram?
Youth Employment Program is a 9-week program that aims to help youth overcome barriers to employment through providing career training, skills development workshops, employment counselling, job search strategies and work experience with local employers!

Don’t wait! SIGN UP TODAY @ https://forms.gle/QMsQPsTkLzJWuroTA

Contact: 236-858-4979 (Debby) or 236-889-4065 (Blenn) [email protected]

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EAL Class

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

at Brentwood House (2055 Rosser Ave)

In the New Year, Chitra will be leading a new intermediate English class at Brentwood House (2055 Rosser Ave). This is a great opportunity to improve your reading, writing and conversational skills.

This class will run for 8 weeks, from Jan 10 to Feb, 2024.

Spaces are limited so registration is required. Please email Ann at [email protected]

See poster for more info.

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Holistic stretching and Mediation Exercise (Hui Chun Gong)

Fridays,1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

at Brentwood House (2055 Rosser Ave)

Explore holistic stretching and meditation techniques that combines motion and inaction to cultivate both the interior and exterior of the body. Much like Qi Gong, in this practice you will learn a set of exercises known for rejuvenating and energizing.

With minimal instruction, participants can easily follow along and gradually understand the movements.

The Winter term runs from January 19 – March 22, 2024. It is a Drop-In class. Registration is not required.

For more info, please email Ann at [email protected].

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Burnaby Dudes Club

Every Monday, 6:00PM- 8:00PM

at BNH Community Hall (5024 Rumble Street)

Join us every Monday for an empowering gathering at "A Brotherhood for Men's Wellness." This dedicated space is where men come together to foster physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Our weekly sessions provide a supportive environment for open discussions, sharing experiences, and building a strong sense of camaraderie. Come be a part of this transformative journey every Monday as we navigate the path to a healthier and more fulfilling life together.

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Chronically Queer Support Group

2nd Wednesday of month, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Online or in-person at South House 

Chronically Queer (CQ) is a peer-facilitated support group for 2SLGBTQIA+ people who identify as chronically ill, crip, disabled, mad, and/or neurodivergent.

CQ is a supportive, caring, and welcoming environment where participants can be themselves fully and openly without fear of judgment. At this group meeting you will have an opportunity to be in community, share personal stories, listen to others, learn coping strategies and advocacy skills, and hear about potential paid opportunities.

See poster for more information or connect directly with CQ at [email protected] or 778-723-5387.

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Community Adult Yoga

January 9 to March 12, 2024

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am 

at BNH North House

Yoga is incredibly beneficial to our overall well-being – it improves many things including flexibility and mental health. It can help reduce anxiety and stress while increasing your strength. Everyone can enjoy the benefits. All levels welcome!

BNH Membership required.

See poster for more informationand to register contact Ann at [email protected].

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Computer Drop-In

Would you like learn to use email, create files and documents, use excel, search the Internet or practice typing and writing skills on a computer? Volunteer Computer Instructors are available to help community residents with their computer learning needs. We offer support in multiple languages.

Drop in to this in-person program at either the North House or South House. No registration required.

You can use one of the Neighbourhood House devices or bring your own device. For more information, email us at southcomputercafe@burnabynh.ca or [email protected].

Please see poster for more details.

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Community Cafes

Fridays, 1 PM to 4 PM 

at North House 

Thursdays, 1 PM to 4 PM

at South House

Drop in to chat and relax, or take part in the activities and games going on that day. Bring your favourite game to share with others or learn something new.

At BNH North, the Mahjong Club is now part of this group and will meet at this time.

This is open to anyone who wants to connect over a tea or coffee with others in the community, and if you want to play table games, so much the better!

BNH Membership required.

See poster for more information.

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Online English Conversation Classes

various dates and times

Our EAL classes are for people who would like to learn/improve their English skills. These classes are a fun way to practice conversation, make new friends, and try learning! These volunteer-led EAL classes are available throughout the year for beginner to intermediate level students.

If you have any questions about the online classes please call 604-396-7307 or email [email protected]. We can also help you learn to understand Zoom, just let us know! See poster for details.

Seniors (55+)

The January Seniors Newsletter is now available.
Check it out here!

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Soup Lunch 

Mondays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

at North House

We’re so excited to  bringing back "soup on Mondays"!! Join us for a bowl of healthy soup and a fresh bread bun. Stay a while and chat and connect with your neighbours. Freshly made tasty soup and a bread roll for $2.

BNH Membership required.

See poster for more details or contact us on 604-294-5444.

No registration required.

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Ukulele Classes

January 9, 2024, to March 26, 2024

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

at South House

This is a new 12-week class starting in the New Year! It’s a no-experience-required Ukulele Class for folks with mild to moderate dementia and their caregivers as well as seniors.

Over the duration of the course, you will learn 3 – 4 chords and a variety of song choices and different decades of music.

 See poster for details.

To register for all 12 classes, please contact Alexis at 236-885-7281 or [email protected].

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Seniors Form Filling Clinics

By appointment only | All locations

Need help completing your CPP, OAS, GIS, BC Housing Registry, SAFER or BC Bus Pass application?

Trained volunteers will assist you with completing forms and provide information about local resources and services to help meet your needs.

See poster for details, and please contact Charlene to book your appointment at [email protected] or call 604-292-3901.

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Grocery/Meal Delivery Program

We provide food hampers, prepared meals, and grocery shopping & free delivery to seniors who are living with health challenges and are experiencing food insecurity.

For more information, contact Emily at 778-288-3747 or [email protected]

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English Conversation Class for Seniors

Fridays, from 10 AM to 11 AM
at BNH South House

Do you want to get better at speaking English with others? This might be the program for you! Join Rowena for our English conversation class at the South Burnaby Neighbourhood House to get more comfortable speaking English in a supportive community environment.

This program runs on Fridays from 10am to 11am at our South House.

See poster for details.

To register, email Lea at [email protected] or call 604-431-0400.

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Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors

Thursdays, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 
at Community Hall (5024 Rumble St)

Burnaby Neighbourhood House is launching a new, low-cost, social

activity day program for Burnaby seniors, called TAPS. The program is
funded by the Government of BC and managed by the United Way of the
Lower Mainland. See poster for details.

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Seniors Connections

Wednesdays, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

Fridays, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

at South House

Meet new friends and enjoy lunch ($6 for lunch, Fridays only)! Activities include karaoke, art, bingo, workshops and much more!

See poster for more details.

To register: Contact Lea at 604-431-0400 or [email protected]

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Latin Dancing

Fridays, 10 AM to 11 AM
at BNH South House

Stay active and learn some Latin Dancing with Ivette! 

To register please contact 604-431-0400 or email [email protected]

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Tai Chi & Sword 

Different levels in different days

at South House

Tai Chi, as an ancient Chinese tradition, is practiced by many today. This slow and graceful exercise helps improve muscle strength and cardio health – that’s why it is so popular among seniors.

If you are 55 years or older, come join one of our weekly classes – whatever your level, we have the class for you. And if you feel like mixing it up, we also offer Tai Chi Sword to bring you different experiences. Click here for the poster.

For more information or to register, contact Lea at 604.431.0400 or [email protected].

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Qi Gong

Saturdays, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

at the Amazing Brentwood Mall (4567 Lougheed Hwy)

Qi Gong is a personal practice that led to fitness, flexibility, and internal peace that combines the physical benefits of exercise with the spiritual qualities of meditation, leading to full nourishment of both mind and body.

There are many different types of Qi Gong practices, but most of them involve slow-moving exercises that reflect the qualities of nature.

The Winter term runs from January 20 – March 22, 2024.

See poster for more details. It is a drop-in class. The program room is next to Purdy’s Chocolates at the Amazing Brentwood Mall.

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Qi Gong

Mondays, from 2 PM to 3 PM
at Brentwood Hose (2055 Rosser Ave)

Discover the basic concepts of Qi (vital life force energy). Qi Gong focuses on slow-flowing movement and rhythmic breathing to promote relaxation and health. This gentle practice can add to anyone’s repertoire for health, stress management, and fitness. Join us in enhancing your own awareness of your energy.

The class is in person at Brentwood (2055 Rosser Ave).

See poster for more details.

For more info, please email [email protected] or call 604-294-5444.

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Frozen Meals for Seniors

Do you have trouble cooking for yourself at home?

If you are in need of a little extra support in the kitchen we provide delicious home-cooked meals in our licensed kitchen.

These are available for purchase at the South House for $7 each. Subsidies to help with cost are available.

See poster for details.

For more information please contact Emily at 604-431-0400 or [email protected].

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Dementia Friends Cafe

Thursday, Jan 25, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  

at South House

South Burnaby Neighbourhood House is hosting a dementia-friendly cafe.

Every month there will be different topics

from Wish list for 2024, Dementia Awareness, Healthy and Affordable recipes, and Senior Safety Awareness.

Find your way forward with dementia!

Please see the poster for more information and contact at 604-375-5778 or [email protected] to register.

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Friendly Phone Calls


Stay connected through weekly phone calls from a volunteer! Click here for the poster.

For more information: Contact Alexis at 604.431.0400 or [email protected].

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Senior Peer Support

Mondays, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

at Brentwood House

Do you want to make changes in your life?

Are you looking for skills, tools and resources to solve everyday problems?

We have trained senior volunteers who can help you think of possible solutions to these issues and assist you in exploring your options.

See Poster for details.

For more information, contact Kathy at 236.885.7303 OR [email protected].


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Job Search Workshop

Mondays 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

at South House

In the New Year we have a series of Job Search Workshops. Join us on January 15, 2024, at 2PM for an introductory session. This will be followed by the regular sessions on Monday afternoons from January 22 to February 26 (excluding Feb 19).

Join us for our Job Search Workshops where you will be receiving assistance
on building your resume, cover letter, curriculum vitae and more.
Discover available resources that you can use for your employment and
get prepared for interviews.

For more information see poster and to register please contact Xin Rui at [email protected]

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Digital Literacy for Arab Women Newcomers

Mondays, 12 PM to 2 PM

at BNH South House

Would you like to improve your knowledge of computers in a safe and friendly environment?

    The program is specifically for Arab-speaking newcomer women who are interested in learning how to use a computer and Internet from the basics. Childcare is available.

    The class runs until December 18, 2023 and resume Jan 8, 2024.

    See poster for more details.

    Please register at 236-877-2517 or [email protected].

    BNH Resources

    BNH Food Hubs

    at both Houses


    We now have Food Hubs in South and North Burnaby. This includes coordination for food security issues for Burnaby residents who are experiencing food insecurity. Burnaby residents and service providers can contact us for more information on available food resources.

    For more information, please see our website here.

    Family Outreach Spport

    at both Houses


    Our Family Outreach Workers are always here for Burnaby families with children 0-12 years old. Our services phone check-ins, connections to local community resources and programs, grocery/food security for low-income families.


    For more information, please see the Family Outreach brochure.

    BNH South House

    4460 Beresford Street

    Burnaby, BC  V5H 0B8


    [email protected]

    North House

    4908 Hastings Street

    Burnaby, BC V5B 1P6


    [email protected]


    2055 Rosser Avenue

    Burnaby, BC V5C 0H1


    [email protected]

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